Indian Head Massage

How does Indian Head Massage work?

A session with Indian Head Massage will last for about 35 minutes. The first session will be slightly longer because I will carry out a health consultation with you (see ‘Why do you carry out a health consultation?’ for more information).

The treatment is very simple. You will simply sit in an upright chair or on a massage couch, whichever you prefer.

. What is Indian Head Massage used for?

  1. Indian Head massage may bring about:
  • General feeling of wellbeing, calmness and relaxation
  • Dispersal of toxins from tense, knotted muscles
  • Stimulation and improvement of circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Improvement of joint mobility
  • Higher levels of alertness and concentration

It may also help relieve or alleviate:

  • Tension headaches
  • Eyestrain / eye problems
  • Tinnitus and other ear problems
  • Insomnia
  • Neck and shoulder stiffness
  • Sinusitis and congestion
  • Hair loss/thinning
  • Scalp tension
  • Mental tiredness/anxiety/stress

. Are there any side effects?

Following a treatment some clients experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body eliminates toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. All of these side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which clients generally experience increased energy and alertness.


Indian head massage should be avoided if you have had recent surgery, or a head or neck injury, a history of thrombosis or embolism, spondylitis or spondylosis. Indian head massage is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension. If however you suffer from epilepsy, any kind of heart condition, cancer or osteoporosis, talk to your doctor before arranging a treatment. Always make sure that you avoid alcohol for at least five hours before the treatment.

. Can I have Indian Head Massage treatment if I am pregnant?

. It is recommended that you avoid treatment during the first trimester of pregnancy, (the first 12 weeks). There are many benefits to having treatments during pregnancy.  Indian Head massage is enjoyed by many pregnant women as they find the sitting position very comfortable as opposed to therapies where they are required to lie flat.

. Do you use oils on the scalp?

A5. They can be used but it can leave the hair very oily and often people are going back to the office or going out. However, if you would like the oils, this is no problem and it can enhance the treatment.

. Is it safe?

A6. Yes, however, massage should not be applied if you are suffering from any of the following conditions:

  • Abnormal blood pressure
  • Recent head or neck injury
  • History of thrombosis or embolism
  • Diabetes
  • Skin infections
  • Scalp infections
  • Osteoporosis or arthritis of the upper spine

. Are there any conditions which contra-indicate Indian Head Massage?

A7. Indian head massage can safely be used for most conditions however we would not treat in the event of the following recent head or neck injuries, recent operations, drug or alcohol intoxication, unstable diabetes, unstable high or low blood pressure and a dysfunction of the nervous system ie meningitis. The following conditions can be treated but do discuss with your practitioner prior to the session as caution may need to be exercised. Conditions where there is a dysfunction of the nervous system ie loss of skin sensation, fainting or dizzy spells, spastic conditions, history of thrombosis or embolism, epilepsy and in the event of a migraine attack at the time of treatment.